April 14, 2020
Kobe Bryant's wife, Vannesa, paid a heartwarming tribute to her husband and late daughter Gianna on the fourth anniversary of the NBA star's retirement.
The world might have moved on from Kobe's Bryant's death, but this seems impossible for Vanessa, who lost both her husband and daughter in one day.
In a recent Instagram post, Vanessa celebrated the fourth anniversary of her late husband's retirement, which she revealed lasted for only three years and six months.
Vanessa Laine Bryant and Kobe Bryant at the 2019 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Paul Mitchell in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby
The mother of four also spoke about her daughter, Gianna. In the caption, she revealed that Gigi gave her best to basketball and had trained seven days a week, just like Kobe did.
Vanessa continued by saying she wished she could go back to the morning of the crash while adding that she believed life was unfair to her.
The post consisted of a video that was almost five minutes long. It featured highlights of Kobe's last game with the Lakers, where he scored 60 points to round up his 20 years long basketball career.
Although Kobe was committed to his career as a basketballer, he was even more committed to his family. After meeting Vanessa in 1999, the duo got married two years later.
The couple welcomed their eldest child, Natalie, in 2003, and they went on to have three more children — Gianna, Capri, and Bianka — all of whom he always showed off on social media.
Back in 2017, Kobe spoke about his role as a father to all his daughters. In the interview, he revealed it was a fantastic feeling to be a father of princesses.
Bryant also spoke about Gianna's love for basketball. According to him, she had a fierce spirit even though she had just started learning to play at the time.
The January 26 crash claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, Gianna, and seven others while they were on their way to basketball practice at Kobe's Mamba Academy.